Maryland residents who live with disabilities know how challenging it can be. Not only is it often difficult to manage your disability in a world that is not tailored for your needs, but the social aspects of being disabled can weigh heavy on some people. Maybe you feel like people treat you differently because you have an illness, or you notice people staring at your physical disability. Either way, unwanted attention or awkward situations can make daily life difficult.
Fortunately, there are many advocates for people with disabilities who make it their goal to show the world that a disability doesn't have to affect your social life. The woman who was crowned Miss Iowa and will compete for the Miss America title in September has lived with a disability her entire life and is making it her goal to advocate for people with disabilities through her pageant experience.